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New York-Newark-Edison, NY-NJ-PA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 1,053
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 85
Metro area population, 2004 18,709,802
Population covered by DAWN 10,993,893
Percent of population covered by DAWN 59%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
§ Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
* Indicates area featured in Spotlight section.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (10) 1,053 95.8 85 7.7 10,993,893
1. Bergen County, NJ§         902,998
2. Essex County, NJ§         796,684
3. Hudson County, NJ§         606,240
4. Hunterdon County, NJ§         129,746
5. Middlesex County, NJ§         785,095
6. Monmouth County, NJ§         636,298
7. Morris County, NJ 32 65.6 3 6.1 488,173
8. Ocean County, NJ§         553,251
9. Passaic County, NJ§         500,427
10. Somerset County, NJ§         316,750
11. Sussex County, NJ§         152,218
12. Union County, NJ 41 77.1 1 1.9 531,957
13. Bronx County, NY* 226 165.5 6 4.4 1,365,536
14. Kings County, NY* 199 80.4 9 3.6 2,475,290
15. Nassau County, NY§         1,339,641
16. New York County, NY* 239 152.9 23 14.7 1,562,723
17. Putnam County, NY 8 79.5 2 19.9 100,570
18. Queens County, NY* 134 59.9 12 5.4 2,237,216
19. Richmond County, NY 29 62.6 1 2.2 463,314
20. Rockland County, NY 10 34.1 3 10.2 293,626
21. Suffolk County, NY* 135 91.5 25 16.9 1,475,488
22. Westchester County, NY§         942,444
23. Pike County, PA§         54,117

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 7.5%
Overmedication 16.0%
All other accidental 75.0%
Could not be determined 1.5%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 318
Home 595
Public place 38
Other 88
Not documented 14

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 18
Home 57
Public place 5
Other 5
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 76 633 709
Cocaine 175 379 554
Alcohol 2 307 309
Benzodiazepines 3 200 203
Antidepressants 1 176 177

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 33 38
Antidepressants 3 30 33
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 17 21
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 18 21
Benzodiazepines 1 17 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 149.7
Female 45.2

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 8.1
21 to 34 77.9
35 to 54 211.0
55 and over 61.6

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 8.3
Female 7.1

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 9.4
35 to 54 13.0
55 and over 7.0

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 1,033
– Abuse 161
– Drug or alcohol 1,026
– Toxic effects 861
Body systems (includes infections) 197
Accidents and injuries 32

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 79
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 79
– Toxic effects 75
Body systems (includes infections) 7
Accidents and injuries 13

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
2 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
3 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
4 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS   1,053 269   85 20
Alcohol2   309 --   13 0
Cocaine   554 175   11 0
Marijuana   37 --   -- 0
Stimulants   -- 0   0 0
Club drugs3   5 0   0 0
Hallucinogens4   14 --   -- 0
Inhalants   18 --   -- --
 
Antidepressants   177 --   33 --
Antipsychotics   52 0   14 0
Benzodiazepines   203 --   18 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   107 --   21 --
Opiates/opioids   709 76   38 5
– Heroin (specified)   91 14   -- --
– Methadone   244 23   9 0
– All other opiates/opioids   476 39   31 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   5 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   64 --   21 4
Anticonvulsants   17 0   9 0
Muscle relaxants   19 --   5 0

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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